At Bamford Primary we aim to create life-long learners who have a passion for reading for the rest of their lives. Reading for pleasure is a key aspect of the curriculum and the basis for teaching children to read. Time is set aside for whole class storytelling. We also welcome families and carers into school every morning for ‘Early Bird Reading’ to share books with their children in Class Oak. We offer Reading Workshops throughout the year, providing opportunities for parents and carers to learn alongside their children.
We recognise the importance of teaching a systematic synthetic phonics programme to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. Our approach provides a detailed, systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting in Reception, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Phonic progress is assessed and tracked by the class teachers every half term and used to group children into appropriate learning groups.
To support learning, we also subscribe to ‘Bug Club’, which is a whole school reading programme. Children are instantly engaged in their own personalised reading world through interactive activities, characters they know and love and rewards that keep them motivated.
Once children are confident readers, they take part in daily reading sessions. During these sessions, children have the opportunity to read with the teacher and then to complete activities to develop their understanding of texts.
Children in Reception and Year 1 foster a love of reading by spending time with their reading buddy from Key Stage 2, during this time the children enjoy having a book read to them by their buddy, then when their reading progresses they will read books to their buddy.
Reading Record books are used by the class teacher and parents/carers to track children's reading journey. All home and school reading should be recorded in the book. Teachers will reward progress and effort with positive rewards. We view regular home reading as very important and work with our parents to ensure a wide variety of reading can be enjoyed. We include reading as part of our homework provision for all children.